Wendorf's blurry, brightly colored images, inspired by such Texas staples as Gruene Hall, Bandera Cabaret and Austin's Broken Spoke, re-create scenes from the dance floor: the embraces, the action, the lights and the crowds. Looking at the works, you can almost hear the fiddle and steel guitar. In her artist's statement, Wendorf, a native Texan, writes of the "emotional 'whirl' atmosphere" of her works. "I love being inside the swirl of dancers and color. I love the look of pure joy (or intense concentration) on each dancer's face..."
Audiences can take a whirl of their own through Waltz Across Texas as the series is being shown at W.J. Morrill Ltd. through January 10. The large-scale paintings are so warm and inviting, though, you may be tempted to stay past last call.